Good dental hygiene is more than just a beautiful smile. It’s prevention of gum disease, cavities, and other problems. In many parts of Africa dental care is often non-existent or unaffordable. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are luxury items, not necessities. Your donations will help to provide important supplies and help teach the importance of oral health care.
Oral health solutions and education in Africa is low. A large majority Africa have little or no access to proper health care and resources. In Africa, the dentist to population ratio is approximately 1 to every 150,000 compared to 1 to every 2000 in most industrialised countries.
Insufficient oral care training and education for health workers, who are the people responsible for educating Africa on preventative health care, leads to serious challenges in the pursuit of Africa’s oral health.
With a lack of dentists in the region, preventive oral health strategies are crucial for avoiding costly cures. Brushing every day, day and night, has proven to help remove plaque and reduce tooth decay by 50%.
In many parts of Africa, people are face with poor access to adequate care, lack of quality dental materials at an affordable price and insufficient investment in dental care.
Avoiding risk factors like sugar consumption and regular dental check-ups from childhood and brushing techniques, can help maintain optimal oral health into old age.
In 2013 The Fred Hollows Foundation was recognised by The Global Journal as number 43 in the Top 100 NGOs in the world.